Graduation Address at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China

The following is my address given at the graduation ceremonies, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, July 2014. President Yang Fujia, Your Excellency Sir Sebastian Wood, Provost Nick Miles, Mme Xu Yafen, Graduands, Guests; welcome to graduation for the class of 2014 at UNNC. It is a pleasure for me to be here in Ningbo to …

Not exactly a ‘Letter from America’

I spent last week in the United States, mainly meeting alumni, but also visiting a partner University. We have 3,500 alumni that we know of in the United States. If you add in Junior Year Abroad students, the number is probably double that. I try and get to the US once a year to engage …

Targeting Nottingham’s Graduates

The annual High Fliers report on graduate recruitment was published this week. Each year this independent research reports on results of a survey of the top 100 UK graduate recruiters across all sectors, and includes, for example, Boots, BP, GSK, Google, KPMG, Rolls Royce, Santander, Teach First and Unilever. The survey analyses vacancies, starting salaries …

What Are You Most Proud of in 2013?

I was asked that question this week in a Q&A session whilst on a visit to Marketing, Communications and Recruitment. It caught me short, so I bought some time by responding ‘personally or professionally?’ since I knew the answer to the ‘personally’. But, it is still a really tough question. In an organisation as big, …

May Fest 2013

On Saturday 18th May, University Park felt at least as busy as any ‘normal’ day during term. It was May Fest and that meant many thousands of visitors of all ages were with us. Every year this community open day gets bigger and better: partly because year on year the number of visitors increases; partly because year …

Why Offer a MOOC (or a NOOC)?

The popularity of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has boomed since their emergence in 2008. To date, the United States has been at the forefront of developments, with platforms such as edX, Udacity and Coursera rising to prominence over the last twelve months. The promise of access to free online courses, from an ever increasing …

Staff and Student Engagement

In any large and complex organisation developing effective communication channels is important; striving constantly to improve them is essential. I have found that in assignments with other big organisations, for example when Chair of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body, and on various NHS assignments. It is also true of our University, which by any …

Graduation 2012

Graduations are very special occasions, especially for our graduates, their parents, families and friends. I normally begin in China, where the ceremonies are always the weekend before we start in Nottingham; and end in Malaysia, where they are generally held the weekend after we finish. This year however, because of the timing of Ramadan, both …

Alumni Achievements

Each year we call for nominations for Alumni Achievement Awards to recognise outstanding accomplishments of our graduates. A specially appointed Panel evaluates the cases submitted and typically selects around ten to receive this recognition. The 2012 Awards celebration was held last week. Our MC for the evening was Edgar Wallner, a Pharmacy graduate of 1958, who …

Nottingham Potential and IntoUniversity

Some argue that higher graduate contributions from 2012 will make it harder for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at University. I do not believe it will. The new arrangements do not have upfront fees (which would damage access) and do have enhanced maintenance support for entrants from low income families. Moreover, increasing amounts are …